My Top 5 Sakura viewing spots selection

My best Hanami spots

Travel to Japan during the beautiful Sakura season and witness nature’s amazing transformation! Here are the top 5 cherry blossom viewing spots to enjoy this wonderful spectacle. No.5 – Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto🚶🌸 Stroll along the canal to experience a serene escape in nature! The two-kilometer path, named after renowned philosopher Nishida Kitaro who was said to have taken his … Read More

Your Guide to the Japan Rail Pass【Latest Edition 2022-2023】

guide to JR Pass 2022 - 2023

If you’re visiting Japan for sight-seeing and plan on frequently using the public transportation system to get around, then the JR Pass is a great deal! The vast majority of trains in Japan are owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR) Group, and after purchasing a JR pass, you can ride all JR trains and even the Shinkansen! Read … Read More

Your Ultimate Guide to Japanese Trains

mt fuji bullet train

Japan’s public transportation system is known for being one of the most advanced and reliable in the entire world! If you’re visiting Japan, the train system is an especially convenient and affordable way to travel. Here’s everything you need to know about taking the trains in Japan.

Why Fall in Japan is Better Than the Spring

momijigari boat Kyoto river

Spring in Japan, famous for its breath-taking cherry blossoms, is by far the most popular time of the year for tourists. But, fall in Japan has incredible beauty, delicious foods, and pleasant weather that definitely rivals the spring! Here’s why you should visit Japan in autumn!

How to Keep Warm During Winter in JAPAN

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Winter in Japan usually lasts from December until February, and can be pretty unforgiving if you’re not used to the cold. Temperatures average around 2ºC~10ºC (35°F~50°F) in city areas, and can get as low as -6°C (21°F) in country side and even colder in Hokkaido! If you’re visiting Japan during the winter months, you’ll definitely want to take care to … Read More

Feel peace of mind at Zentsuji Temple

zentsuji walkthrough and drive

If you are looking for a calming place in the Japanese countryside, this is the place to be. Located in the western part of Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, the head temple of the Zentsuji School of Shingon Buddhism is the birthplace of Kukai (Kōbō Daishi) and is widely known as one of the three great spiritual sites of Kobo Daishi … Read More

Catch Your Own Fish At This Restaurant in Japan

fish your own dinner in a restaurant

Seafood doesn’t get any more fresh than this! At this uniquely interactive restaurant in Shinsekai, Osaka, you can use a rod to choose a type of fish, catch it, then have it cooked for you to eat! Here was our experience.

Top 10 November Events in JAPAN

The month of November is a beautiful time of transition in Japan. The leaves change colors for several weeks throughout the nation, and the festivals begin to shift from the harvest-centered events to colorful festivals featuring autumn foliage and LED illumination.From gorgeous maple festivals, to entire theme parks lit by millions of LED lightbulbs, here are our top 10 festivals … Read More

All About Japanese MONEY【2022 edition】

On October 18, 2022, the Tokyo foreign exchange market was trading at around 149 yen to the dollar as the yen sold off on the view that the U.S. will continue to raise interest rates significantly. The yen also temporarily fell against the euro to the mid-146 yen per euro, the weakest level in about 7 years and 10 months. … Read More

Tomogashima, a beautiful “phantom” island of fortress

On a beautiful Akibare 秋晴れ day – a fine autumn day, we visited Tomogashima Island in Wakayama prefecture on a day trip. It was said to have been an”uninhabited phantom island” dotted with fortress ruins. You may wonder why the title says “phantom”. Let’s find it out in this blog!